20/01/2018 Wyre Forest parkrun #124 Rob and Bill turn 100 (parkruns that is..)

Wyre Forest parkrun
Event number 124
20th January 2018

Well lets be honest, the weather was pretty grim this week with freezing rain and fog. The course was both muddy and icy in places. But it didn't deter 193 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 25 generous volunteers who were incredibly hardy turning up to support the runners in this terrible weather. I can not thank them enough. They really are our 'heroes in hi-viz':

Kim HOOD • Andrea FORD • Andrew T DAVIES • Adrian FORD • Carole EVANS • Lisa BIGGS • Martin BIGGS • Matt KIMBER • Andy MORGAN • Graeme ANDERSON • Ann CHADWICK • Rosie CHADWICK • Lauren CHADWICK • Lindsay TILLSLEY • John FRANCIS • Vanessa HUGHES • David FISH • Sara HARRIS • Carl PRICE • Molly MATHEWS • Pauline SMITH • Debbie JACKSON • Sandra HOWARD • Florence HOWARD • James PAYTON

Wyre Forest parkrun is ran entirely by volunteers and we urge you all to take your turn and give it a go. It's easy, rewarding and fun. Get in touch at wyreforesthelpers@parkrun.com and give something back. Thank you.

These were today's amazing first timers who ignored the awful weather to start their parkrun journey:

Lee WILSON, Louise MAY, Damon GARIFF, Suzanne EVANS, Charlie BRIDGE

Well done to all of them!

Two talented junior parkrunners earned their 10 t-shirt this weekend - top runs from Dan PERRY and Grace SMITH - well done.

Phil WEBER earned his milestone 50 honours whilst parkrunning as part of his Amazing Feet RC club championship. Well done Phil.

And what can we say about the newest member of the parkrun 100 club Rob REYNOLDS!? Rob is a popular member of the local running community representing both Amazing Feet and Tri-Energy (and probably several other clubs too) and he is incredibly supportive to his fellow parkrunners particularly newcomers (with his own unique form of banter!)

Photo: Our very own Rob Reynolds before he started causing chaos with his balloon...

There are no official clubs for volunteers once they surpass 25 parkruns but we think they deserve the same kudos - if not more. None more so that our longest serving marshal Martin 'Bill' BIGGS. Bill also reached 100 parkruns this Saturday and he is well known at marshal point 5 (about half way), 'Bills Logs' is named after him, though the logs may have moved on! He is there nearly every week cheering everyone on in all weathers - always in his shorts! We are incredibly grateful for your help and support from day 1 - thank you Bill.

Photo: Its not properly cold 'til Bill covers his legs!

And I personally welcomed a visitor from Porthcawl parkrun. Chris PRATT called by on his way to the National Running Show and was suitably impressed with our lovely hills and open, quiet course. Chris is a parkrun RD himself and says he will return with more runners from Ogmore Phoenix Running Club in the future and we look forward to welcoming them all too.

Photo: Me and Chris

Do you have a story for the run report or fancy writing it - get in touch at wyreforestoffice@parkrun.com

See you next time and #dontforgetyourbarcode


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Wyre Forest parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 17:54 on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by William RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 15:58 on 21st October 2017 (event number 113).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded 83.61% (17:54) on 14th May 2016 (event number 38).

Wyre Forest parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 3,988 participants have completed 20,254 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,270 km, including 4,333 new Personal Bests.

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